Rubber Fingers

Rubber Fingers

Taking someone by the hand that connects you is often where the magic happens. That and some rubber bands. And now, the question that needs to be asked: is the hand really quicker than the eye? Yes, if the eyes are closed.

Guide lines
Ready, Steady, Go!

Get two identical rubber bands and wear a long-sleeve shirt or jacket. Place one of the rubber bands up your sleeve, out of site on your forearm. You’re all set to go.

Lend me your ears

Find a willing participant and show them the rubber band in your hand. Get them to take a hold of one of your fingers, to create an unbroken connection.

You:

The trick is, I’m going to get this rubber band to penetrate our fingers and slip through our grip, to hang around your wrist. Ready?

Slip the rubber band onto your fingers and wrap it around the other person’s hand as well. Make up a fake pattern with the rubber band by simply goofing about with your fingers, and build the mystery - any combination will work. It’ll only remain on the outside of both of your hands.

Ask them to close their eyes to add to the suspense and reveal.

Seal the Deal and Reveal

Pull down the rubber band you have hidden under the sleeve on your forearm, while pretending to move the first rubber band around the hands to ‘penetrate’ the grip.

Once the hidden band is sitting over your two hands, throw the first rubber band over their shoulder while their eyes are still closed, or simply just put it in your pants pocket, out of sight.

You:

Open your eyes.

Reveal that the rubber band has broken through your connected hands, and now encircles their hand or wrist.

Some extra lines you can try

  • We’ve just created magic together.
  • My brother’s in a rock band, but I’ve got a rubber band.
  • I had a feeling we had a connection.
Alternative ending

Replace the rubber band with another material such as string or thin wire, using the exact same principles.

 
Responses
Anticipated responses and retorts

Did you bend my rubber arm?

I was the one doing all the bending.

Did you have something up your sleeve?

You are quite the ace detective I see.

Can we do it again but this time I will keep my eyes open?

I tell you what.. why don’t you do it to the next guy, and spread the magic around.
Good follow ups
When & where
When to use it
  • When you want to have some interactive moments.
  • When you want to get people very curious.
  • When you want to get a small group fired up.
Where to use it
  • the office canteen
  • team building events
  • informal gatherings
  • socializing at the pub
Getting ready
Items required
  • Two identical rubber bands
Preparation
  • Wear something with long sleeves. A jacket will do just fine.
Training required
  • Do this once and you will be a rubber master.
Watch out (potential unexpected effects)
  • Just have fun.
Details

type type

Do It Yourself (DIY)

material material

some rubber bands

size size

they should fit in your pocket

durability durability

rubber bands are everywhere

source source

the ether

time to impact time to impact

pretty much there and then

size of audience size of audience

small groups work best here but it can also be one-on-one

possible health risk possible health risk

safe as rubber can be

reusable how many times you can use it

if they keep their eyes closed you can do it more than once

training needed training needed

try this once and you will be down for many more

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